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review 2018-12-09 01:37
IRON AND MAGIC by ILONA ANDREWS
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

I never thought I'd say out loud (well in my head actually) that I like Hugh. He was such a dick in the Kate Daniels' series that I didn't think it would happen. 

I loved that two people who are so "different" can find someone that will take them as-is. Can't wait to read more about this couple (well I did already because I read the last Kate Daniels' book and they were in it but you know what I mean).

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review 2018-12-06 21:47
Audio/Book Review of Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Time's Convert - Deborah Harkness

From human to vampire ...

 

Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the eighteenth century. Over two hundred years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself.

 

But her transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.

 

While Phoebe is secreted away, Marcus relives his own journey from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution to a bloody finale in New Orleans. His belief in liberty, equality and brotherhood challenged at every stage by the patriarchy of the de Clermonts.

 

What will he and Phoebe discover in one another when they are finally reunited at Les Revenants, beneath the watchful gaze of Matthew and his wife, Diana Bishop?

 

Review 5*

 

This story is the first book in an off-shoot of the All Souls Trilogy. I loved it!

 

I downloaded this book in both the Kindle and audiobook formats, as this gave me the option to either read or listen to it. Saskia Maarlveld narrates the audiobook. Her voice and pacing are excellent, and I enjoyed listening to her bring the characters to life. I would consider listening to other books read by her in the future.

 

This story is an addition to the All Souls world created by Deborah Harkness and follows the life, death, and rebirth of Marcus Whitmore on the eve of Phoebe's transformation into a vampire. The book, told through several points of view, mostly Marcus's, Diana's and Phoebe's, takes the reader on a journey of endings and new beginnings.

 

Several characters from the All Souls world make an appearance; Matthew, Diana, their twins, Phillipe and Rebecca, Isabeau, Marthe, Miriam, Phoebe, and Marcus (to name a few). I also enjoyed meeting Freya, one of Phillipe's daughters. She plays a crucial role in the tale as Phoebe's guide through her transformation from human to vampire.

 

While Phoebe adjusts to her new life as a vampire in today's world, Marcus takes us back in time to his life during the American Revolution and his transformation at the hands of Matthew into the vampire he is today. I became so absorbed in the tale that it felt like I walked alongside the characters, watching events unfold. Not being an American, I am fascinated by the history of that country and the people in it, as well as the country it is today. The author, being a historian, has brought the past to life for me and I am grateful to her for the peek into a bygone era. Marcus's life is not an easy one and contrasts with Phoebe's upbringing. However, these two characters have love on their side, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and deepen as the story unfolded.

 

I reached the end of the book with mixed emotions; sad that the book ended, but glad at how it ended. I am now looking forward to reading more books from the All Souls universe, as there are more than a few characters I would like to know more about next.

 

Deborah Harkness has written a fantastic tale in the All Souls universe. She has created a world where humans, witches, daemons and vampires all live in an uneasy alliance. I love her writing style, which is fast-paced and exciting, and the story flowed beautifully!
I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book if you love your stories to be full of witches, daemons and vampires, or if you love paranormal romance or urban fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

 
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review 2018-12-03 15:20
Sweep of the Blade / Ilona Andrews
Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews

Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn't in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.

Try as she might, she can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn't get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.

 

Otubar reached over and plucked Helen from the bed. “Come with me, child. It’s time we tested you with other weapons.”
“If you do well, I will give you cake,” Ilemina said.
Helen’s eyes lit up. “What kind of cake?”
“Delicious kind,” Otubar told her.



And that’s what this little novella-swollen-to-novel was—delicious cake with frothy icing! No nutritional value whatsoever. It was a fun little paranormal romance, getting Maud & Arland together with lots of blood and severed limbs along the way.

From the beginning of the Innkeeper series, I have been on Team Arland. Sean Evans was fine as a love interest for Dina, but I loved Arland immediately and I will read anything featuring him. There is no doubt in my mind that Maud is a better match for him than Dina was, so I was thrilled to travel with Maud and little Helen to his home planet and sort things out.

Reading an ongoing, serialized work such as this one is less satisfying than being able to read a fully edited, printed version, but still entertaining. I had something to look forward to every Friday (besides the end of my work week). I will definitely be buying the print version (and not just to enjoy the R-rated bits that the authors weren’t posting to the interwebs) to add to my Ilona Andrews collection, to be enjoyed repeatedly.

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review 2018-12-02 18:03
The Serial Novella is Finished!
Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews

What kind of cake?

 

Delicious kind.

 

Well that was fun.

 

And I liked the ending very much!

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review 2018-12-02 09:57
It is a great collection of Paranormal short stories!
Shifters Furever: Paranormal Romance That Rocks - C.D. Gorri

His Winter Mate: Mike and Claire's story is absolutely amazing. It is a quick and fun read. Claire has a crush on Mike but she thinks that he hates her. At least, that's the impression he gives her when she asks him on a date. But the truth is something else entirely. Soon nothing will be able to keep those two together. And finally, they might get their happy ending. 

Snow Angel: Cael and Rayne's story was no less interesting. It even has that "wow, the title makes perfect sense" moment too. I quite loved the ending. Cael has been living in the woods for a while now, he doesn't want to disrupt anyone's life by returning to the city. He is in trouble though, in addition to being malnourished for a werewolf he has sustained an injury that requires care. Just when he thinks things won't get any better Rayne shows up at his doorstep. One thing leads to another and suddenly his life is not looking as bad as it had before.

Home For The Howlidays: David and Cassie's story is even more emotional than the other two stories. David doesn't believe in fated mates until he meets Cassie. Now his wolf wants her and he knows that she is his. But she is a 'normal' so he must keep a few things to himself because he doesn't want to scare her. Cassie is not really like other normals. She has an ability too. She can tell shifters apart. She knows what he is and she is waiting for him to say something. Are they making things unnecessarily complicated or is it the best way to work everything out?

I absolutely loved Cassie's character, I think she is my favorite in this book. I enjoyed her story. 

All in all, it's a great collection of paranormal short stories featuring werewolves. I quite enjoyed reading these stories, they are especially perfect for reading during the cold winter days. The pace is good and the characters are all amazing so it will keep the readers interested. The best thing about short story collections is that you can take breaks between stories without feeling rushed. That's why I really love them.

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